Was “Timex Watch Dimensions”
Hi Ed. Thanks for your thoughts on the Citizen Eco-Drive watch and
their suitability for mounting on a custom silver cuff. But you
raise several issues that I wonder if you’re correct on.
First of all, Citizen says on it’s website that the storage device
is not a capacitor, but is often incorrectly referred to as one.
They are also quoting a figure of 40 years as the potential of the
circuits. I’m not sure exactly what that refers to, however.
A few years ago I had a long talk with someone from the company.
They said that jewelers in the field are not equipped or authorized
to fix Eco-Drives, and that watches had to be returned to Citizen
for servicing. I don’t know if this is typical corporate
ass-covering, but you apparently have the parts and knowhow to work
on these mechanisms. So I’m a little confused. It did give me pause,
since I wanted to sell it and forget it, if you will. I figured
(hoped?) that the units would likely never need servicing. And if
they did, I would assume the purchaser would take it to a local
jeweler (or me) to take the watch off the custom band before sending
in the watch.
The fact that the case would not need to opened for battery changes
leads me to think that the structural waterproof integrity would be
very high, and might not need the periodic gasket replacement
typical of a regular quartz watch. And again, Citizen doesn’t want
their units opened in the field. Also, the watch/cuff combos I make
are clearly not sport watches and might get a little better care
If the problems you are observing are the result of erratic,
incomplete charging cycles, perhaps customers could be given more
instruction as to how to maintain a proper charge. The freedom and
confidence that your watch won’t need battery changes and should
should keep reliable time for many years with little thought from
the wearer is worth it, if the price is leaving the watch in the sun
every once in awhile. I really want to get the correct info on this,
since I’m really pushing these watches. I know that many of you
derive some income from battery changes, but if the Eco-Drive is a
truly superior technology, that fact should be recognized. I’d
appreciate any real-world insight you have on this. Thanks Orchid!